"There are lots of predators out there... stalkers who'd just love to have a taste of someone like you..."
The graveyard shift at a dingy diner in San Francisco -- that's where MC's story begins. It's just another normal night, or at least it seems to be.
...That is, until a certain mysterious customer stops by, bringing the dangerousattention of a few people with him. When it rains, it pours, and suddenly MC finds himself in the middle of a war he didn't even know existed... between vampires.
How does MC react to the dark, violent world that opens up before him? That's up to you!
► Genre: Drama, BxB romance, dark modern ► Rating: PG-13 (language, violence, sexual themes) ► Length: ~60,000 words ► Endings: 8 ► Platforms:Android, Steam, Itch.io
► Changeable MC personality & interests ► Different dialogue & choices based on personality ► 11 track OST with a dark, urban vibe ► 14 CGs with multiple variations
Ash has been stuck in San Francisco for most of his life. Even though he dreams of becoming a famous artist (whether in music, digital art, or writing is up to the player!), he currently works the graveyard shift at a run-down little diner.
He's wry, tough, and determined by default, but his personality changes and grows throughout the course of the game!
Despite his intimidating appearance, Dominic prefers to keep to himself. A man of few words, he rarely offers any insight into his thoughts, but his silence suggests a deep conflict going on beneath the surface.
Isaac reeks of "unscrupulous businessman," and makes no effort to hide it. He seems very out of place among the rough, unrefined types who hang around San Fran's seedy parts, though there's a good reason for the company he keeps.
Wild, impulsive, bloodthirsty, and Dominic's polar opposite, Rex wears his vampiric nature like a badge of pride. It's a wonder he's lived as long as he has, considering his reckless nature and insatiable appetite.
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not what i expected. it was good, it was nice. my biggest problem with it is that the art style between the character sprites and the cinematic ones were very different. neither of them are bad just....a jarring. the MC (Ash) looks like a whole different character more so than the others.
other than that, good game. nice story, good characters and nice music. (Isaac is my favorite <3)
Red Embrace was really good but way too short, lacked sexual content and some of the endings were depressing like our character becoming too savage as a newly turned vampire and being a slave for Dominic which isn't so bad, but still. It ends so soon we don't get to learn more about what happens next and etc.
So far enjoying this visual novel from Argent Games. Big fan of vampires and, visual novels combining the two is just amazing. I haven't completed the demo just yet but, i'm sure i'm close. Even though i'm sure that will make me want to buy the full verison as, the game is very intriguing and, the story well put together.
Now that I've finished all routes, I want to give my final impression of the game (SPOILERS included, so beware). All in all, I had a lot of fun with Red Embrace.
What I like best is the diversity of the characters. No one is like the other. Everyone has their own unique personality. I especially liked Luka and Isaac. Thanks again to the developers for the free Luka route! If now Bishop would get his own route, I would be completely satisfied. I like evil characters, so it would be great to have one as a love interest. Especially since we don’t really know how he became the leader of the vampires and what motivates him.
What’s also good is that even some of the negative endings feel like an end and not like a “game over”. In many games you have the impression that only the good endings count. In Luka’s and Isaak’s route, however, I had the feeling of having come to an end, even if it was a negative one.
I also like the changeable interests and personality of the MC. That motivated me to play through the game several times. The only criticism I have is that the interests should have more impact on the actual story line. They were a nice addition, but not nearly as important as the shapeable personality.
In addition to the changeable personality, I also like the way how some dialog options aren’t unlockable if you pick the ‘wrong’ choices and thus the endings can be influenced in one direction or the other. Some visual novels give me the feeling, that they aren’t really games in which you can make wrong decisions, because it is often clear from the beginning, which answer you must choose to reach the "perfect" ending. I am glad that this is not the case here. As a result, the game feels more like a real game. That’s something I really appreciate!
The music is pleasant, too. The tunes are decent, modern and fit well to the dark, urban setting. I especially liked the music that played when Bishop appeared. It was so threatening and dark and always left me with a bad feeling, as if something unpleasant would happen soon.
I also like the character sprites and the CG’s. The characters look very attractive - not too childish or too “cute”, as it is often the case with other BL games. I also like the mix of anime and western style. The backgrounds could be a bit more detailed, but that doesn’t bother me that much. The overall atmosphere is great and it doesn’t take long for you to feel part of the world.
Since English isn’t my native language, I can’t say much about the quality of the dialogues. However, I had the feeling that they were good. I could always understand everything and didn’t notice any mistakes (except for the one part at the beginning of the game, where Luka was being addressed as a “he”, although the MC thought of him as a woman at that point).
At some points I had the feeling that the game was too short. There are some unanswered questions I have. I also think some parts are a bit illogical. in Dominic’s and Rex's route, the protagonist is thinking of becoming a vampire without a single thought about what it means to drink blood forever and endanger other people's lives. Of all the thoughts he had at that moment, I found it odd that he haven’t had moral issues. It is also a bit weird, that in all those years, no vampire became aware of the protagonist, although he has such a particularly tasty blood.
But I don’t want to over-analyze those things, because, as I said before, the game is a lot of fun! So I can overlook such minor discrepancies. I recommend it to anyone who likes vampires, urban settings and BL games. Argent Games stands for quality and you can tell that for this game too. Unfortunately there are only few English written BL games in the western part of the world. So I’m very happy Argent Games exist. I’m really looking forward to their future projects.
I finished Dom's Good ending, and I just loved, loved, LOVED it! :D I love that sweet, angsty giant vamp. ^_^ I tried going other routes, but Dom and Rex were my faves so far. Sweet, nice, gentle Dom just ruined it for me going the other routes, lol! XD I didn't want to leave that hot and gloomy vamp all alone! But Rex is such a cutie, too! ^_^
I loved the sprites, the sounds, and the music and overall atmosphere. :) It was a really awesome urban fantasy, and it had suspense and sweet romance that made me melt!
If I had a few minor complaints, one would be that it ended too soon! :D I wanted more of how Dom and the main character lived together and coped and such. I also wanted more CGs, but I'll take what I can get, and they were done well.
The only other minor complaint is that I would have liked a Good ending for having a mostly Gentle personality. Maybe for the next VN? :-3
Overall, I loved this VN, and I will support future VNs from this company! :D
OMG!!! I absolutely love Red Embrace. I love Rex, Isaac and Dom! The three of them are who I feel in love with before the Luka Route but now that I was able to buy RE I can go through all the routes without running into the sad endings that made me cry so much! So far I only made it through Rex's Route and it's so satisfying! Thank you so much for making Red Embrace. I love it so so very much! Thank you! I'm gunna take a break before going through Isaacs Route as he's my second favorite. I'm so excited to read it! AAHHH!!! I'm so giddy right now!! xD
I meant to finish it earlier, but I never got around to it until now. But ahhh, I'm so glad I finally did. The humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face. Honestly, this game was so delightful. I really enjoyed going through the story again and again just to see the changes in the MC's dialogue. My favorite character by far was Luka so I really hope we get to see more of him in the future DLC. Come to think of it, didn't you mention he would be the focus of the DLC in your blog...?
But anyway, regardless I'm so happy the DLC is free. Anyway, enough of my rambling and goodnight~
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS GAME!! i really love it! and my favorite is dom! he is really a sweet heart (uh well i admit all the other guy is really a sweet heart.. even tho i hope there's a more bishop route from the start) i played all the route and the story is never fail me to melting.. and squeeling!
really.. the story.. character.. art.. music.. is all perfect! beautiful!
once again thank you for made this game! it's really worth it!
So I finally got a chance to play! I've only done Rex's route so far. I played it multiple times, and couldn't manage to unlock the other options at the end. I'm guessing I have to do the other routes in order to do so?
Overall, it was a nice time. Rex is cute, and not quite as rough as his appearance would make you think. The whole thing was shorter than I thought it would be though. The personality changing is a nice addition, though there were sometimes where what the MC would say or think was at odds with some of the choices I'd made. Being rather rude despite having high gentle stats, etc. I liked that you could choose what your hobby was, though it didn't seem to change the story much.
The music was nice and unobtrusive, all the sound effects really added to the atmosphere.
Congratulations on getting the whole thing together, it's clear a lot of work went into this.
I'll be trying for Isaac next.
edit: BTW, there's a part in the intro where Ash says a girl walks in, and then immediately afterwards calls Luka a 'he', before discovering that fact for himself.